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Sudbury Cricket Club, Colin's Column, Week 14

Author: Colin Walters Published: 23rd July 2013 12:50

  Colin Himself at Sudbury CC

Sudbury Cricket Club, Colin's Column, Week 14

Hot, hot, hot!

So after a week when the sun remembered what it was in the sky for, we had what was nearly the perfect weekend of British sporting success. Chris Froome scooped the Tour de France, England annihilated the Aussies at Lords and Lee Westwood was just 24 hours from a Murifield first major. Unfortunately, Lee's duck in major golf tournaments continued and Sudbury's weekend was disappointing as of the four league games played we only won one.

So let's start on a positive note as Matt Pears  Saturday second team thrashed Felixstowe by 147 runs which considering they only scored 215 was a superb effort. Future first team batters Charlie Holt and James O'Brien both made 60's as they opened up with a partnership of 123 and they were assisted by Steve Whitham's 45. Another youngster Adam Clarke making his second team debut took 3 for 12 but Brad Richardson took the individual honours with his (I believe) first five-for in the Saturday seconds. Matt Wooderson took the other wickets and Adi Dhage bowled 11 overs for just 6 runs at the top of the Felixstowe innings. Even better news was Frinton's surprising defeat at Little Bardfield which puts Matt's team back within 1 win of a promotion place.

The Saturday first team failed to follow up their previous weeks heroics at Mallards slumping to a 6 wicket defeat at home to league leaders Swardeston. The Talbots never really got going after having been put in and were rolled over for 105, only Jandre Coetzee making any real runs with 34. Despite Darren Batch and Coetzee taking a couple of wickets apiece, 105 was never going to be sufficient to stretch the league leaders. The 2 bonus points collected were valuable and may prove crucial at seasons end but Sudbury's plight was made slightly worse by Bury winning their first game and Woolpit and Horsford sharing a high scoring draw. This week's away game at Bury is likely to be the defining moment of the season.

The Saturday thirds continued their improvement with a battling defeat at Felixstowe Corinthians. With a much changed side Sudbury struggled to 128 for 9 with several players getting starts but only Matt Johnson and Mark Clark going past 20. In reply Alan Macdairmid took 2 early wickets and he was supported by skipper Phil Halliday with 2 and wickets for Will Pickering and Chris Pilgrim but it wasn't quite enough as the Corinthians won by 4 wickets but with some overs to spare. The donation of 42 in wides and no balls not particularly helping the Talbot cause!

Very little is known about the Sunday games apart from that Macca's Sunday two's lost by 7 wickets at Haverhill. No result in from the Miles Radcliffe trophy game against Hockley. What we do know is that Sudbury are very well represented in Suffolk representative sides. James Poulson and Adam Mansfield are currently playing a minor counties championship game against Bucks alongside former Sudbury junior Jack Beaumont and Nathan Poole is travelling 12th man. The Talbots also have Penny Everett playing in the T20 Suffolk Ladies County Championship team Monday and Tuesday together with Guy Robins and the author in the Suffolk over 50's who play Yorkshire at Ipswich next Sunday in the last 16 of the ECB Seniors competition.

I'm sure Louis will fill in the gaps on the Sunday games during the week however it's now getting on for 11 pm here in my air conditioned room on the sea front at Jumeirah Beach Resort (well it was on the sea front until they started to build first a shopping mall then a new island, I kid you not, in front of the hotel!) and I have a 4.45 alarm call for a flight to Amman in the morning.  If you all thought it was hot in the UK today relax, it was 45 degrees C at midday here and is now just the 40!!

Lets hope the good weather remains for next weekend for probably the biggest game of the season on Saturday followed by the "crooners evening" and then Sudbury's superb cricket week festival.


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